Governor Nasir Ahmad el-Rufa’i on Friday attended the Eid prayers in Birnin-Gwari to celebrate Eid-el-Kabir with the people of the town.
Governor el-Rufa’i later addressed thousands of Birnin Gwari residents at a reception after the Eid prayers at the palace of the Emir of Birnin Gwari. The governor said that his administration is vigorously pursuing comprehensive development in the state, and there is no going back on the determination to achieve cogent development for the people.
El-Rufai arrived the town at 9:15am, accompanied by members of the House of Representatives, Kaduna State House of Assembly, Commissioners, executive members of the All Progressives Congress and his aides. He was received by the Emir, Alhaji Zubair Jibril Maigwari II at the Birnin Gwari EidPraying Ground.
Shortly after the Eid prayers, the Governor and the Emir symbolically slaughtered two rams as exemplified by Prophet Ibrahim (ASW).
In his remarks at the palace, Governor El-Rufai said:
“I am grateful for all your support for the administration and there is no going back on pursuing cogent development for the betterment of our citizens.
“You gave us this mandate and we will not fail. I heard your complaint regarding security. Like you know we are working hard with the security agencies and by the special grace of God, we will see the end of this.
“Aside the military and police action in Birnin Gwari, which we are collaborating with the security agencies. The state government supports the local government with funds to strengthen security of life and property. I noted your complaints and we will continue to do all that is necessary to beef up security.
“We are also going to establish a campus of Kaduna State University here in Birnin Gwari; we are still waiting to hear from Federal Government over the Kaduna-Birnin Gwari road, if we don’t hear from them at the end of the raining season, we will do something tangible aside other ongoing roads projects of the state in the local government.
“I am assuring you once again, that there is no going back on actualizing cogent development of our entire state. We are a focused and people orientedgovernment with clear developmental agenda.”
In his address, the Emir, Alhaji Zubair Jibril Maigwari II thanked the Kaduna State Government for its commitment to address security challenges and to promote development initiatives meant for the betterment of the citizenry, according to Samuel Aruwan, Senior Special Assistant to the Governor (Media and Publicity).
However, Hon Shuabu Idris Mikati, a former gubernatorial aspirant of the Peoples Democratic Party in Kaduna State said: “Governor Elrufai visit to Birnin Gwari was not for Eid prayers but for politics. He wants to deceive the people of Birnin Gwari to vote him again. He has not done anything for my people other than lies.
“My people are kidnapped and killed every day and he is doing nothing about it. He is in Birnin Gwari to snap photos and show the world on social media. My people are suffering.
“He promised us a Gold mining industry and nothing and now he is promising us a university campus when it’s just one year to elections. Elrufai is a curse to Kaduna. We will send him out to where he belongs. My people will never be deceived again.”